Fortem, a specialist property support service for schools, local authorities and commercial properties, has secured repairs and maintenance contracts worth up to a total of £329.9 million with five housing associations across England, all beginning in the first half of 2019.
The contractor’s string of wins kicked off in February, with the extension of its ongoing contract with PA Housing by 4,000 London homes, in a deal that runs until June 2022.
In April, Fortem began delivering a 10-year, £6 million per annum contract with Onward, along with a 10-year £3.5 million to £4 million per annum contract with Anchor Hanover.
A further two contracts will go live this month: a 15-year deal with Stonewater, which starts at £4.2 million per annum, rising to £8 million by its third year; and a 10-year deal with Equity Housing Group and Johnnie Johnson Housing, amounting to £2.7 million in its first year, and £12 million per annum for the following nine years.
This business success has led to Fortem expanding into new geographical areas and providing services to residents living in an additional 34,000 homes, located up and down the country, between the Isles of Scilly in the South West and Berwick-upon-Tweed in the North East.
In order to provide its tailored, local services to its new clients and their customers, Fortem will be forming a new North East-based team, as well as opening business hubs in the North West and South West, each with its own dedicated workforce.
Work will also be delivered via its established hubs in the South East, West Midlands and Yorkshire.
Fortem specialises in providing work and training opportunities to people living in its local communities, and says its new contracts will result in “hundreds of additional work placements” being offered to individuals from all walks of life.
The contractor’s apprenticeship scheme will also be extended to at least 78 additional apprentices over the term of the new arrangements
Mick Williamson, managing director of Fortem, said: “2019 is going to be an incredible year for Fortem, in which we will see our business not only expand its geographical presence, but also strengthen its core works offering of integrated housing repairs, maintenance and planned works.
“Our business growth will not only create many opportunities for people living in our local communities across the country, it will also create a good number of exciting opportunities for our existing colleagues to take on new challenges, and for us to unleash the full value of our ‘grow our own’ people strategy.”
Fortem was recently awarded a place on the government’s Crown Commercial Service framework, through which it will be considered for Defence Housing Maintenance Services contracts.
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